Jackson County Drug Task Force receives 2016 Outstanding Cooperative Effort Award
On March 2, the Jackson County Drug Task Force was recognized by the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) as the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Cooperative Effort Award. This award recognizes multiagency cooperation and coordination among Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
Members of the Jackson County Drug Task Force include the Independence, Missouri, Police Career Criminal Unit, Drug Enforcement Unit and Tactical Unit, the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Career Criminal Unit, Drug Enforcement Unit, Street Narcotics Unit, Illegal Firearms Unit and Tactical Unit, the Kansas City, Kansas, Drug Enforcement Unit, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the National Guard Missouri Counter Drug Operations Group.
The task force was recognized for their ability to disrupt/dismantle a major drug trafficking organization, including significant seizures, arrests, indictments and forfeitures. The investigation identified and prosecuted numerous individuals who were involved in a violent drug trafficking organization operating in the metro area. The Investigation utilized undercover purchases of methamphetamine, air and ground surveillance, GPS trackers, remote electronic surveillance, telephone toll and real time phone analysis.
The investigation began in 2007 and by February 2016, Detectives arranged and coordinated numerous controlled purchases of methamphetamine. Detectives executed a total of nine search warrants recovering guns, homemade explosives, soft body armor, drugs and cash.
In June 2016, after days of around the clock surveillance, the Drug Task force organized a simultaneous operation to apprehend two suspects in the investigation. Detectives arrested one suspect in possession of approximately eleven pounds of methamphetamine. Search warrants were executed immediately on the residence of the second suspect and immediately received gun fire from inside the residence. An eight hour standoff ensued with dozens of rounds being fired at police, ultimately ending by the suspect dying from injuries as a result of the gunfire.
To date the investigation has resulted in the federal indictment of 21 defendants on 44 charges, the recovery of approximately 12 pounds of methamphetamine, homemade explosives, soft body armor, $50,000 cash and 22 handguns, including an assault weapon and handgun equipped with a silencer. The case is on-going with additional charges expected in the near future.
The Jackson County Drug Task Force receives annual funding from the Community Backed Anti-Crime Tax (COMBAT) to continue their commitment to the disruption of violent drug trafficking organizations throughout the region. Their joint collaborative contributions to these efforts cannot be overstated.